The Goons

The Goons : The Story, Spike Milligan, Sir Harry Secombe, Eric Sykes & Peter Sellers

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The Goons first went on air at the BBC as The Crazy People on 28 May 1951. There then began a terrible rasping, squealing, giggling, snorting period of lunacy which continued unabated until 1960. Fifty years after the first show there is still a huge interest in the Goons, with each new generation dicovering afresh the anarchic humour that has had such a huge influence on so many of today's top comedy performers. This fascination collection of reminscences, photographs and sketches is the definitive story of Eccles, Bluebottle, Neddy, Bloodnok, Grytpype-Thynne, Moriarty, Minnie Bannister, Henry Crun et al from those who know them best. Under the patient guidence of Spike's Manager, Norma Farnes, Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe, along with a select handful of friends including Eric Sykes, delve into their dusty old memories to help piece together the history of the Goons.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 130 x 190 x 20mm | 222.26g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • facsimiles, portraits
  • 0753505290
  • 9780753505298
  • 2,103,245

About Norma Farnes

Norma Fames has been Spike Milligan's manager for more than 30 years, having initially applied for a job as his personal assistant and deciding to give it a try for three months. They have never had a formal contract but sealed their professional relationship with a simple handshake. Norma has previously edited two highly successful volumes of Spike's correspondence, The Spike Milligan Letters which was published in 1977, and More Spike Milligan Letters, published in 1984.show more

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The Goons first went on air at the BBC as The Crazy People on 28 May 1951. There then began a terrible rasping, squealing, giggling, snorting period of lunacy which continued unabated until 1960. Fifty years after the first show there is still a huge interest in the Goons, with each new generation dicovering afresh the anarchic humour that has had such a huge influence on so many of today's top comedy performers. This fascination collection of reminscences, photographs and sketches is the definitive story of Eccles, Bluebottle, Neddy, Bloodnok, Grytpype-Thynne, Moriarty, Minnie Bannister, Henry Crun et al from those who know them best. Under the patient guidence of Spike's Manager, Norma Farnes, Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe, along with a select handful of friends including Eric Sykes, delve into their dusty old memories to help piece together the history of the Goons.show more

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